As the Disney Fantasy makes its Transatlantic voyage to Pier 88 in Manhattan, where it will be christened on March 1, Disney Cruise Line has been releasing a series of video blogs with Cruise Directors Brent Davies and Ray Smale. Until now, the reality has been that the videos have all been apparently produced before the ship set sail (and who can blame them with such poor internet connectivity in the middle of the Atlantic?) and haven’t really contained any new information. That all changed, however, with yesterday’s entry which not only looks at some of the new Enchanted Art exclusive to the Disney Fantasy, but a decent first look at the Muppet Midship Detective Agency, also exclusive to the ship.
Disney Cruise Line took possession of its newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, earlier today from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.
This final milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey and signals her readiness to welcome guests on her maiden voyage, set for March 31, 2012, from Port Canaveral, Florida. The Disney Fantasy is the second of two newly designed Disney ships that take the family cruise experience to new heights and features many of the innovations found on her sister ship, Disney Dream.
In 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded portfolio of European cruises with new destinations such as Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will utilize a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the first time.
With the addition of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to the fleet of cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is able to take more families to more destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line has always catered to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will be enhancing the cruise options for guests — whether it’s sun and sand in the Caribbean, outdoor adventures in Alaska or experiencing the wonders of Europe.
Earlier today, the official Disney Parks blog offered a first look at some of the new merchandise that will be available aboard the Disney Cruise Line Disney Fantasy for her Maiden Voyage and Inaugural Voyage Season. We are now pleased to bring you a first look at the limited edition items that will be available only to those sailing on the maiden voyage.
Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, will see another milestone tomorrow as she leaves the Meyer Werft enclosed dock for the first time, proving her seaworthiness. At approximately 5 am EST on Sunday, January 8, she will slowly be floated out of the building, into the harbor for a few tests.
Final touches on the ship’s construction, such as the installation of the mast, will be performed while she is berthed at the yard’s pier. Two weeks later, she is expected to be conveyed to the North Sea via the River Ems. She will then officially be delivered to Disney Cruise Line on February 9 in Bremerhaven.
‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira is giving contestants, audience members and one lucky home viewer a chance to escape the winter blues with a trip on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, which will launch in March, 2012. During ‘Millionaire’s’ ‘Cruise In and Win Week,’ airing January 9 – 13, the specialty prizes will be attached to a question and, if the contestant answers correctly, he/she will win the money attached to the question as well as a three-night preview cruise vacation for four aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.
For those guests planning on making the trek to New York City to board the Disney Magic as she begins to set sail on May 25, 2012, Disney Cruise Line has made available details for a few special excursions in the city, available only on debarkation day.
The Midtown Manhattan & Top of the Rock excursion will take you into the heart of midtown aboard an air-conditioned motor coach. You’ll visit the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza which offers unparalleled views of the Big Apple. The breathtaking landscape stretches for miles in every direction and includes panoramic views of: Central Park, the Empire State Building, The Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and much more.
On several 7-night sailings to Alaska in 2012 aboard the Disney Wonder, guests will be able to add-on an ‘Alaskan Wonders Family Cruise Vacation’ package provided by Adventures by Disney. The ‘Alaskan Wonders’ vacation provides guests with an exquisite selection of unique onboard activities and premium shore experiences designed to immerse families in the history and sights of Alaska. The experience includes all shore excursions and meals, onboard and onshore photos and gratuities as well as private receptions and special activities on board the Disney Wonder.
Notable activities include:
Disney Cruise Line today debuted this video which goes behind-the-scenes at the making of the Midship Detective Agency interactive game on the Disney Fantasy. In the game, which takes advantage of the Enchanted Art displays — much like its counterpart already in place aboard sister ship Disney Dream — Pepe the King Prawn offers to take on detective duties to help Kermit and the rest of the Muppets find the missing props for their big performance. Kermit, worried about Pepe’s lack of detective skills, turns to the guests for help.
Disney Cruise Line and Audience Entertainment today announced that an interactive, guest-driven experience has come to major movie theaters across the United States. The first crowdgame of its kind in the country, it allows large theater audiences to control on-screen action from their seats via a group arm-waving motion.